Lockdown lifts - from 4 July

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says lockdown will be “safely eased” in England next month.
Boris Johnson outlines plans to lift England's lockdown

He told MPs today that the number of new infections is now declining by between two and four per cent every day.

However, the virus has not gone away and local “flare-ups” are expected and local measures will be taken in response.

The Government will reintroduce restrictions at national level if needed.

From 4 July

  • The 2m social distancing rule will change. People should still try and stay 2m apart but if it’s not possible, it can be 1m if precautions such as face coverings are in place to reduce the risks.
  • Two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting inside or out but must socially distance. They don’t always have to be the same two households.
  • Indoor meet-ups of multiple households is not recommended because they risk making greater chains of transmission.
  • Outside, the guidance remains that people from several households can meet in groups of up to six. Again, they should stay 2m apart if they can.


People should continue to

  • Keep washing hands
  • Stay 2 metres apart wherever possible
  • Avoid public transport when possible, and wearing a mask when not
  • Get tested immediately if they have symptoms
  • Self-isolate if instructed by NHS Test and Trace.

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